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The Boat Garden with a picture

Saturday, August 07, 2010

This will give you a true look inside my mind. I have had a vision of this for years and it took a few to get to the point of planting. I have a split backyard with a water way going through the middle of it. There is a pond that is only fit for wildlife and then a woody area between the waterways and the river.

My son had an old boat that was not of much use to him anymore that he left when he moved out. I would sit in my backyard and look at that boat and think I want to paint that, fill it with dirt and then plant in it. Last year was our first planting year and I learned early that even in a raised boat the critters will find a way. We planted mostly herbs and vegetables and not many made it. I even put fencing along the top of the boat.

This year I decided to try mostly flowers. I did include sage and lavender as they were left alone last year. Most of the flowers have done real well. There was one that I really wanted badly in the boat, the sunflower, that has been eaten from up and over the top of the fencing. It had to be a deer. I have tried sprays and other ways of keeping things away, but it doesn’t seem to work completely.

I have always said that my gardens are a work in progress. I plant things helter skelter and then move them as needed. It keeps things interesting in my gardening world.
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  • WILLOW49
    Love your boat garden! What a clever idea!
    3898 days ago
  • DIMI1124
    sooooooooooooooooo cute and creative!!!
    3898 days ago
    emoticon Love it!
    3898 days ago
    I love boats and this was a great idea & project. I'd love one in my yard too. I love the plants you added as well. I am sure that each year, you will have so much fun adding new ones.
    3898 days ago
    I showed my dh your boat flower bed. His comment "Not ready to do that yet." He is my gardener. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

    3898 days ago
    Dear make great yard ornaments when the stay on their own side of the garden fence.
    I always enjoy watching them, but it does limit what I can grow.
    3899 days ago
    Love your boat idea!!! SOmeone gave me this to help keep deer and rabbit s away from the garden (so far it's worked for me, hope it will for you)..1/2 c milk, 1 egg, 3 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp chopped or minced garlic, 1 tsp veggie oil...add water till almost filled.....shake well in gal milk container, add 1 tsp Dawn......sprinkle around garden in watering can....hopefully you will have a great garden emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3899 days ago
    What a goregous and unique garden! Thanks for sharing the pix! And good for you for following through on your vision!
    3899 days ago
  • SOFT_VAL67
    i absolutely love it and cannot wait to show this pic to hubby, he has a boat, sitting in the back yard, with a busted motor, i keep threatening to make a garden out of it, haha, and then i saw this blog, so i am going to show him the possibilities...that is very cool...and less expensive than a new boat motor....
    3899 days ago
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